The eastern side of the building (previously used by 'Knockholt Social Club') was built in 1898 with several later changes made. The main part of the building housing the main hall, committee rooms and kitchen was rebuilt in the early 1970's. By about 2010, the building was known to be in need of a major update. Areas known to require attention included the roof, windows, electrics, plumbing and heating.
In 2010 the trustees proposed that a new building should be built as it was felt that the cost of refurbishment was disproportionately large. This new building would have incorporated several features requested by the village at large. However, in the event, the trustees failed to raise enough interest within the village or money for a new building and therefore the idea of refurbishment was reopened which has led to the current projects.
To bring the building up to modern health and safety standards
To improve the cost efficiency of the building
To provide community facilities and services which reflect the needs of the community. The village centre is already used by a variety of clubs and organisations Looking towards the future we hope to provide space for a pre-school and want to encourage use of the space for larger one-off events such as antique fairs and wedding receptions as well as new sports/hobby clubs and extend existing activities such as Knockholt Books by offering tea & cake, when they are open, providing an opportunity for meeting other people.
The Refurbishment Project
The refurbishment project has been divided into two phases. With Phase 1 being well underway and nearing completion and Phase 2 being planned and funding applied for.
Phase 1: Completed sections
- Re-roofing of whole building
- The front elevation being brick built with modern windows and doors
- The heating system replaced
- Improvements to light levels in the hall with a roof skylight and large apex window to front of building.
- New fire alarm system
- Up dating of lighting and rewiring of electrics in the whole of the Phase 1 area.
- A new chair/table store has been created
- An archive room for use by the Knockholt Society have been created.
- The kitchen has been enlarged, new flooring laid and cupboards & sink installed
- A new accessible toilet has been created and fitted out.
- The hall parquet flooring has been refurbished.
- Some plastering and painting of walls has been done.
To complete Phase 1 the toilets need to be refurbished and general painting in some areas.
Will include the fitting out of the eastern side of the building. This will include installing a new back door, windows to rear of building, flooring, adult and children’s toilets, a small kitchen as well as painting and decorating. This development will provide facilities for a pre-school as well as additional community facilities.
Phase 1 has greatly improved the look of the building and brought it up to modern safety standards, which will also lead to reduced running costs. However, historic defects in the structure of the building, that were not immediately obvious until work began, such as inadequate support for the roof at both ends of the building, as well as difficulties with the heating system replacement have meant that our funds which were originally adequate to complete phases 1 & 2 are now insufficient.
Completion of Phase 1 requires £11,000 and Phase 2 requires £150,000. Our next steps therefore are:
- to apply for grants with regards to Phase 2
- to encourage individual donations from the community through an appeal letter, fundraising events and promoting donation giving via the website and the 200 Club
We do need help to finish this important project for the village, please see below how you can support the refurbishment project
How to support the Refurbishment Project
You can support the refurbishment project by:
Or Joining the 200 Club
The 200 Club helps us to raise money for the maintenance of the premises and the refurbishment. At the same time it is an opportunity for you to win a monthly cash prize. For just £2 per month (£24 pounds payable by standing order) you have a chance to win two prizes – 1st prize £60 and 2nd Prize £30. The £2 per month is made up of £1 for the prize draw and £1 donation. You can help us even more by completing the gift aid section
There are other ways to help. Would you be interested in running a fundraising event or getting sponsorship when taking part in sporting events such as running a marathon. If you have any ideas, please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org